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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2012
I got this book because I had heard the first sentence, and had to know what the rest of the book was. This book got into my head, and I thought about it off and on for a few days after reading it. It is now passing through my class like wildfire, and each of my kids who has gotten it, has loved it. The main character, Dulcie, is going through hard times and has suffered some loss, but she is a strong minded character and gets through it, helping others along the way. Well written, realistic characters.
4.0 out of 5 starsSad novel that offers a feeling of hope for the future
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2006
Dulcie's father, a janitor, just died. Her mother decides to move her and Dulcie cross country to California from Connecticut. As soon as Dulcie steps foot in CA, she knows that's not where she belongs. She steals her mother's truck and makes her way back to Newbury, to her grandfather and her home. Dulcie's grandfather, Frank, lets her come back and work for him, without pay, as punishment for worrying her mother when she left. Frank has already hired another helper, Roxanne. Soon, Roxanne and Dulcie become friends. When Dulcie and Frank discover the truth about Roxanne's relationship with her abusive mother, they have to figure out a way to help her.
When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a sad story about death and moving on. It was sad, but the novel also had a feeling of hope and looking towards the future. Aside from death, Defining Dulcie also dealt with serious issues like abuse. This book was pretty good, especially for a debut novel. I'll be looking forward to reading more books by the author.
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Working in a high school library affords me the enviable privilege of "checking out" those volumes that attract my interest. Some of them, quite a few, in fact, find themselves reshelved after I've read only a few pages or a couple of chapters. Defining Dulcie by Paul Campora was NOT one of those. It is a story of a teenage girl and her mother who are forced to come to terms with the accidental and tragic death of their father/husband. Each of the family members deals with his/her loss in different ways, and that's where the rub comes in. Defining Dulcie is written with intelligence, wit, and heart and describes a family, torn by grief, but held together by strong bonds of love, respect and a sense of honor and humor. The language is clean, the dialogue sparse, but sparkling. Defining Dulcie was written with sensitivity and insight, and I can recommend it without reservation.